Video-Photos | President Obama Delivers Remarks to the Israeli People



Here is the key paragraph from his speech:

But the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and justice must also be recognized. Put yourself in their shoes – look at the world through their eyes. It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of her own, and lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements of her parents every single day. It is not just when settler violence against Palestinians goes unpunished.

It is not right to prevent Palestinians from farming their lands; to restrict a student’s ability to move around the West Bank; or to displace Palestinian families from their home. Neither occupation nor expulsion is the answer. Just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land.
Already, veteran Israeli commentators are lauding the address as “historic.”

President Barack Obama speaks at the Jerusalem Convention Center in Jerusalem, Israel, Thursday, March 21, 2013, (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

US President Barack Obama delivers key speech of his Israel visit at the Convention Center in Jerusalem. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images


U.S. President Barack Obama, left, listens to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during their bilateral meeting at the Muqata Presidential Compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, March 21, 2013.

President Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shake hands during a joint news conference on March 21 at the Muqata Presidential Compound in Ramallah, West Bank. Carolyn Kaster, AP

President Obama calls on Israeli students to promote peace

March 21, 2013-Text of Obama’s Speech in Israel

Because that’s how the PREZ rolls. Takes it DIRECTLY to the PEOPLE.

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17 Responses to Video-Photos | President Obama Delivers Remarks to the Israeli People

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  2. Ametia says:

    March 22, 2013

    Obama’s wanderings in Israel

    After noting sundry imperfections of Obama’s Jerusalem speech, Peter Beinart declares it on balance “a great, even profound, speech,”

    because Obama rejected the Jewish right’s endless rhetoric about Israel having “no partner” …

    because Obama asked Israelis to “look at the world” through the eyes of a Palestinian child …

    [and] because Obama challenged the core narrative of Netanyahu and his American supporters: that Jews are the world’s permanent victims, licensed by their fears to worry only about themselves.

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  4. Ametia says:

    Yityish Aynaw-bf6t73xcyae71t91
    President Obama with Miss Israel, Yityish Aynaw.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Rachel Maddow is doing a segment on the President’s trip to Israel….she did a split screen of the President receiving the medal from Shimon Peres…it was live on MSNBC and CNN…while Fox was running a commercial for their program about why POTUS is an enemy of Israel

  6. rikyrah says:

    President Obama and Miss Israel

  7. Ametia says:

    the media will have us focus on the heckler, but PBO handled him/her with grace and humor!

  8. rikyrah says:

    Paul Adams @BBCPaulAdams

    Obama doing in Middle East what he’s doing at home: appealing directly to people over heads – and in defiance – of politicians. @BBCNewsUS

  9. rikyrah says:

    Keith White @Keethers

    There seems to be a fear and reluctance among US media to acknowledge that President Obama is beloved as a world leader.

  10. rikyrah says:

    thank you so much for this post. I have been reading raves about the speech.

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